The self-assessment instrument that will be used in the project was developed by Balcazar, Suarez-Balcazar, Taylor-Ritzler, Rodakowski, Willis & Portillo (2010) and is denominated as the Cultural Competence Assessment Instrument University of Illinois at Chicago (CCAI-UIC).
The instrument comprises the components
1) cultural awareness-knowledge,
2) cultural skills and
3) organisational support for multicultural practice.
Cultural competence among occupational therapists
The outcomes of interventions for patients/clients can improve during the rehabilitation process if occupational therapists use cultural competence in their professional practice.
By adapting, validating and investigating the utility of the CCAI-UIC instrument, the foundation will be laid for making occupational therapists aware of, and gain an understanding of, their cultural competence.
Different forms of training can be used in this context to develop knowledge about the significance of culture in health and medical care and in social services. This can lead to meetings with patients/clients from other cultures being conducted – in terms of assessments, interventions and evaluations – in a patient/client-centred way that is more culturally appropriate.
Under the supervision of Reader Anette Kjellberg (main supervisor) and Reader Gunilla Liedberg (assistant supervisor), doctoral student and occupational therapist Jane Holstein will begin data collection in the autumn of 2015.
The project has not yet produced any results.